Gionta in 2013
October 9, 1983 |
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
New Jersey Devils
|National team||United States|
Stephen Michael Gionta (born October 9, 1983) is an American ice hockey centre currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He formerly played with the New Jersey Devils. He is the younger brother of former Buffalo Sabres player Brian Gionta, who played for the Devils from 2001 to 2009.
He was not drafted by any team, but after graduating from Boston College he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Albany River Rats, the AHL affiliate of his older brother's team at the time, the New Jersey Devils.
Stephen made his professional debut at the end of the 2005–06 AHL season with the River Rats. Gionta's first ever AHL game was on April 13, 2006 against the Springfield Falcons. Stephen led his team to a 5–3 victory by scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist. He was named the first star of the game.
For the 2006–07 season, Stephen played for the Devils AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils. He was on the team with Mike Pandolfo and Jordan Parise, who also have brothers (Jay and Zach, respectively) playing for the Devils, marking arguably the first time that three sets of brothers were playing for the same system simultaneously. This lasted until Brian signed with Montreal in 2009.
Stephen scored his first NHL goal in the New Jersey Devils season finale on April 7, 2012 against Craig Anderson the Ottawa Senators. His goal was the game-winning goal, and he received first star honors of the game.
In his first ever home playoff game on Tuesday April 17, 2012, Stephen scored the second goal of the game for the New Jersey Devils in a 4–3 loss to the Florida Panthers. He would also score the Devils second goal in Game 7 against the Panthers in the Devils 3–2 Double overtime win.
On May 23, 2012, he scored his fourth NHL goal, and third playoff goal, against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. As he also had an assist, it was his first multi-point playoff game.
After 11 seasons within the New Jersey Devils, Gionta association with the club ended as he was out of contract to become a free agent. Unsigned over the following summer, Gionta accepted a professional try-out contract to attend the New York Islanders training camp on September 12, 2016. At the end of training camp, he signed a one-year deal with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On December 21, 2016, Gionta agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Islanders. On August 8, 2017, Gionta re-signed with the Islanders to another one-year deal. On October 2, 2017, Gionta was placed on waivers so he can be assigned to the AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Regular season and playoffs
|1999–00||Rochester Jr. Americans||NAHL||41||11||15||26||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||17||1||2||3||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||25||2||5||7||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||3||5||1||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||12||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||24||3||4||7||4|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||4||10||14||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||4||7||11||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||61||5||8||13||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||1||10||11||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||7||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||New York Islanders||NHL||26||1||5||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing the United States|
|Ice Hockey World Championships|
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- "Rats defeat Falcons". American Hockey League. 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- "Devils re-sign Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter, Cam Janssen". The Star-Ledger. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "Devils re-sign Stephen Gionta, bring back goalie Scott Clemmensen to compete for backup job". The Record. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "Stephen Gionta agrees to tryout". New York Islanders. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
- "Gionta Agrees to One-Year Contract". islanders.nhl.com. 2016-12-21.
- "Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract". NHL.com. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.